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Title

Back ornament


Artist

Miao people

China


About

Silver jewellery, crafted by men, is an important element of Miao dress. Girls and women wear heavy silver bracelets, necklaces, earrings and crowns; silver plaques are stitched to their clothes. The Miao wear their clothes in multiple layers that indicate a family’s wealth. Poorer families cannot afford numerous layers of skirts and jackets, or extensive silver jewellery, even though each member of the community strives to have at least one elaborate outfit.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, September 2011


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Other Titles

Large silver dress fastener hook with ornamentation

Ornament worn on the back


Place where the work was made

Kunming Yunnan Province China


Date

20th century


Media category

Jewellery


Materials used

silver


Dimensions

16.0 cm


Credit

Dee Court Fund 2008


Location

Not on display


Accession number

27.2008


Artist information

Miao people

Works in the collection

9


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history